And absolutely nothing has been done. The WALL is more important.

The condition of many bridges in this country is not good. And a new study shows little is being done to improve it going forward.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) last week released its annual report on the state of Americaís bridges. It shows that slightly more than 47,000 of the nationís 616,000 spans were rated structurally deficient and are in need of urgent repairs. It also showed that the pace of repairs fell last year, resulting in only a 1 percent reduction of deficient bridges.

Itís a continuation of trend that began five years ago, when the pace of bridge improvements began to slow down. Incredibly, at this point, it would take more than 80 years to make the significant repairs that are needed to these structures.

Motoristsí safety is at risk. Drivers are crossing these deficient bridges 178 million times a day. The average age of the countryís most ailing spans is 62, compared to 40 for those not deemed deficient. Such aging infrastructure not only jeopardizes lives, but threatens the efficient transport of commerce.

In all, there are 235,000 bridges in this country that are in need of at least some repairs, which is 38 percent of all spans in the U.S. A third of interstate highway bridges fall under that category. ARTBA puts the repair price tag at $171 billion.